MARSHFIELD, Mass. – On the cusp of a playoff appearance, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team earned recognition with five selections to the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) All-Conference Teams on Thursday afternoon.
Jocelyn Forrest earned second-team honors as a forward, while Aimee Briand – forward – was named to the All-NEHC third team. On defense, Casey Traill was named to the third team and Ryanne Mix earned All-Rookie recognition. Rounding out Castleton's selections, goalie Rylie Wills was named to the third team.
Forrest led the Spartans with a career year, notching a team-leading 23 points – 14 goals and nine assists – to the tune of nearly a point per game (0.96). The senior forward scored 21 of her 23 points during conference play, powering Castleton to a 9-5-2 record and the third seed in the NEHC Championship to begin on Saturday. During a two-game stretch against Plymouth State and Salem State in November, Forrest scored three and two goals, respectively. Netting three game-winning goals, Forrest added six powerplay scores; all nine of which came during league action.
Erasing a slow start to the 2018-19 campaign, Briand found her stride just in time to help Castleton win five of its last six contests, including five conference wins. The senior forward tallied six – four goals and two assists – of her 22 points during that stretch. Finishing the regular season with nine scores and 13 helpers, the Barrington, N.H. native was a force in NEHC play with 17 points and three game-winning goals.
Appearing in all 25 games on defense, Traill earned her second all-conference nod after appearing on the All-Rookie team a year ago. The South Shields, England native scored two goals, while adding nine assists. Of her 11 points from the back line, Traill tallied nine against conference opponents. Totaling 38 blocked shots; the sophomore defensewomen averaged over 1.5 per game.
Named to the NEHC All-Rookie squad, Mix was a force on defense, rejecting a team-leading 39 shots (1.77 per game). The Kennewick, Washington stopped six shots in Castleton's 3-3 overtime tie with nationally-ranked Norwich, which snapped a streak of 28 straight victories for the Cadets. Offensively, Mix netted two goals and dished out three assists.
Between the pipes, Wills appeared in 14 contests, earning five wins – including one shutout victory. The senior netminder made 392 saves – 28 per game – to the tune of a .929 save percentage and a 2.22 goals-against-average in over 800 minutes in goal. The Sioux Lookout, Ontario native was especially strong during a five-game stretch to close the season, earning three victories and saving to a .945 clip.
The five all-conference honorees will join the rest of the squad as Castleton welcomes Plymouth State for NEHC Quarterfinal action at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Spartan Arena.
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